engagement

The Hollows, Cary, IL Engagement Photography | Joe & Missy

The Hollows, Cary, IL Engagement Photographer

From my very first communications with Missy, I knew I was going to love spending time with her, and my engagement session with her and Joe further confirmed my initial thoughts! She's bubbly and adorable and I think it may actually be impossible to be around her and not smile. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Missy and Joe wandering around The Hollows and getting to know the two of them more, and I simply cannot wait to photograph their wedding next month!

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North Ave Beach, Humboldt Park, Chicago Engagement Photography | Mike & Caroline

North Ave Beach, Humboldt Park, Chicago Engagement Photographer

Spring in the Midwest was its usual unpredictable self this year and got off to a chilly and snowy start, so I was very thankful when my shoot day with Mike & Caroline for their engagement session rolled around and it was sunny and in the 60's! Of course, depending on where you are in Chicago, sunny and 60* means windy and 50* (I'm lookin' at you, North Ave beach), but there was no snow, rain, or sleet, so I was content. 

It was a pleasure sharing that day with Mike & Caroline, photographing them and getting to know them more before their wedding day this September. We hopped around the city and hit up a combination of special and iconic locations from the place that started it all for these two (Benchmark in Old Town), to the North Ave skyline and Humboldt Park, and ending on their rooftop (with another amazing view of that Chicago skyline I might add!) where we were joined by their adorable pup. (Thanks again for driving, Mike, and to you as well Caroline for your navigating skillz!!)

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Algonquin, IL, Engagement Photography | Daryn & Lillian

Algonquin, IL, Engagement Photographer

Kicked off my 2018 engagement season with these two cuties, and it feels so good to be back behind the camera! This is actually the third time that I've snapped pictures of Daryn & Lillian, although it's technically the first official time. D&L were guests at both Geoff & Stephanie's and Mike & Erica's weddings last year (Daryn is Geoff and Erica's cousin!)! I'm pretty sure this is the most I've ever gotten to photograph one side of a family before and I'm LOVING it!! It's actually going to feel a little strange next year if I don't get to photograph someone from this family!

Daryn and Lillian did so great for their first official time in front of my lens, and I can't wait to photograph their wedding this September!! 

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DeKalb, IL Engagement Photography | Sang & Brenda

DeKalb, IL Engagement Photography

I met up with Sang and Brenda last month just two days after the season changed to Fall for their engagement pictures. I know that you're probably thinking, "Ahhh Fall, such a great time of year! I love the nice crisp feeling in the air!!" Well, in this case, you're WRONG. It may have been Fall, but it was a scorcher!! 95*, muggy, July-type weather. The ole Midwest sometimes doesn't know what to do with itself when the seasons change. Whatever. We still got some rockin' images that I'm really proud of and I can't wait to photograph these two again in June when they get married!

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North Ave Beach Engagement Photography | Tom & Laura

North Ave Beach Engagement Photography.

Tom and Laura are currently living New Orleans, but since they're originally from the Chicago area it only made sense for them to do their engagement session in their home state, specifically in the city which holds so much nostalgia for them from the past 10 years of their relationship. The two of them were so stinkin' cute and giggly during their shoot, and while they tried to tell me that they were super awkward in pictures, I challenge you to find a single awkward photo of them in this post! Spoiler: THERE AREN'T ANY!

I have to admit that I wasn't sure this session was gonna happen. We had been having some crazy off and on storms all day, but I took a chance and made the trip out to Chicago anyways and I'm SO glad I did!! I think it stopped raining about an hour before our shoot, and about 10 minutes after we wrapped up, it literally started down pouring! Talk about perfect timing!! So we didn't get our beautifully lit sunset pictures at North Ave beach that we had initially planned for (or more accurately, that I had initially planned for ;) ), but honestly, the storm that was rolling in as we neared the end of the shoot created a moody & romantic set of images that just might be my new favorites!

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Tom & Laura, congrats again and best of luck as you continue to plan your wedding!! Blessings!!

Millennium Park, Chicago Engagement Photography | Matt & Liz

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL Engagement Photography.

I had a great time getting know Matt & Liz a little more last month during their engagement session! We started off by wandering around the Chicago Cultural Center before heading out to Millennium Park (thanks for holding off, rain!). I can't wait to photograph these two again when they get married in September! (Doesn't September sound like forever away??? It will be here before we know it!)

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See you guys in September!!

DeKalb, IL Engagement Photography | Kent & Karen

DeKalb, IL Engagement Photography.

I had a fun, chilly time with Kent and Karen last month! We evaded geese while wandering around the NIU campus, then caught an incredible sunset at The Ellwood House! Hands and faces may have been numb by the time we were finished, but no amount of cold could keep these two cuties from smiling through it all. 

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Chicago, IL Engagement Photography | Mike & Erica

Chicago, IL Engagement Photography.

Nothing can warm up a chilly, gloomy Chicago day like photographing an adorable couple in love! I'm actually starting to enjoy photographing engagement sessions in the cold...forces people to get all close and snuggly without too much prompting from me. ;) In all honestly, though, Mike and Erica didn't need the cold to force them because these two were snuggling before I even told them to! 

Fun fact before we get to the pictures: I'm photographing Erica's brother's wedding this July (Geoff & Stephanie), and then Mike & Erica's wedding in December! I'm so stoked!! It's gonna be a great year!!

ANYWAYS. Feast thine eyes upon these two cuties! 

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St. Charles, IL Engagement Photography | Dan & Anne

St. Charles, IL Engagement Photography.

These two were the smiliest, laughiest couple I think I've ever worked with. Dan & Anne met doing improv in Chicago, and I'm pretty sure Dan's mission in life is to make Anne laugh continually (and once you see how adorable Anne's smiling face is you'd hardly blame him). From our time together earlier this month I can attest to the fact that his mission has been a success! I've photographed a handful of improv and theater couples, and they've always proved to bring the fun (meaning I laugh the entire time), so I'm very much looking forward to kicking off my 2017 wedding season with these two in March! 

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